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X-T1 pre-orders

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 Vertical Battery Grip ($ 249,99): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / EU: wexDE / wexUK /
X-T1 Hand Grip ($129.95): USA: AmazonUS / Bhphoto / EU: wexUk / wexDE

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X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways… at thistonybridge here: “The viewfinder is bright and involving, the best I have used yet. It has a high eyepoint and there are options to have it with information around the sides, with no information, or withdual screens ( I haven’t figured out why you want that yet!) but it is big and beautiful. That said, it is still an EVF, and not an optical viewfinder killer!”

– Hands-on: First impressions on the upcoming Fuji X-T1 at grittymonkey here: “For me the jury is still out. The EVF makes a big impression, the camera is fast and responsive, but clearly I have been spooked by the lack of relief of the back buttons of the camera. So far it seems to me that If you already own an X-E2 (or were planning to buy it), don’t shoot action and don’t mind the big EVF, you don’t need to upgrade (or spend the extra money). Anyway, I will leave definitive conclusions for after a real test in real life. I should get my own production sample in 10 days (“I love it when a plan comes together”, fingers crossed), so if you want to hear more about the X-T1 and how it performs in real-life, stay tuned”

X-E2
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X Factor – With ‘Altitude’! at lovetheimage here: ” [X-E2] It’s ideal for outdoor sports (as well as weddings, portraits, landscapes etc!) as you don’t even notice you are carrying it! Pushing both myself and the camera to the limits I had the horsey treat of shooting the BMW Polo Masters at Corcheval – one of the highest polo grounds in the world – played on snow. I was hooked from the first Chukka… Well, my little Fuji friend did me proud, achieving lovely sharp images in the most challenging conditions and capturing one of the fastest sports on earth.

Full Review: Fujifilm X-E2 the Greatest ILC? at bigheadtaco here: “In the end, comparing the X-E2 to the previous X-E1, it’s definitely worth the upgrade. Before the release of the X-T1, the X-E2 was the unoffical top-of-the-line X-series ILC camera. It has all of the most recent hardware and software upgrades, and still keeps all the ergonomic and functional features of the X-series cameras. The JPEGs are amazing, even at high ISO, and all the camera functions have been refined (EVF, LCD, AF, MF). Would I buy the X-E2?”

– Super-comparison at the Spanish site quesabesde here (translation) Fujifilm X-E2, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Panasonic GX7 and Sony NEX-7: “In any case, as what it is precisely to find these differences, it is demonstrated that the X-E2 is imposed on the rest in terms of image quality, noise control and dynamic range.”

– Matt Brandon (thedigitaltrekker): “I thought you might be interested in seeing the images from my new post. I used the multi exposure function on the X-E2 with some success. I was pleased with both the use of the multiple exposure as well as the long exposure technique. I was very pleased with how the camera performed in lowlight as well.” For his article Pushing the X-E2 to it’s limits and finding them click here: “[taking photos of] constant movement of people […] with very little light and it failed..badly. Almost every frame was out of focus. I didn’t just shoot in AF-C I also shot in AS-S (single) and tried to capture scenes on the move. No luck.”

Still life photography with a new Petzval lens on the Fuji X-E2 at aboutphotography here: “The lens is noted for its flattering use in portraiture, and a soft, swirling bokeh effect in out of focus areas. To harmonize the characteristics of the lens with my still life project, I kept to muted colors and soft, bright lighting.” He also wrote the article “Tilt-shift adapter on the Fuji X-E2, X-Pro1, and X-T1 cameras“. Check it out here. A third blog post, “A beauty portrait with the Fuji X-E2“, can be read and seen here.

Beyond the static at thistonybridge here: ““Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.” ― Oscar Wilde.”

– (shared via FR-twitter): The X-E2 is simply delicious (with XF23mm) at neillsoden here: “In my opinion, the X-E2 is currently the best camera that Fuji has, bar the X100S, but that is in a different class. […] The 23mm is a really good lens, the build and image quality is outstanding. I would say that if you have the X100 or X100S in addition to another Fuji, you don’t really need this lens, and the price difference is small. That said, that beautiful f/1.4 can be really handy at times.”

The Streetshooters – Fuji X-E2 + 27mm and Ricoh GR at mingart here: “The best camera for the Streets ? Of course, there is no such thing. Any camera is as good as the person behind it. But if you ask, what I prefer…no pixelpeeping, in real life…I like it invisible, undercover, no recognition at all, light to make you agile…a ninja camera… the Ricoh GR.”

– Fujifilm X-E2 w m-mount & Leica 50mm at alexlambrechts here: “For me, this camera is the perfect little street partner to my Fujifilm X100S, the Fujifilm X-E2 with m-mount & 50mm Leica Lens, gives me that perfect manual focus 75mm I love! […] I believe this one blows it [the X-PRO1] away in so many ways! and way smaller too!” For some shots he took with the X100S click here.

pocket-lint X-E2 review here: “If you’re after a CSC that’s all about image quality then look little further. We also love the hands-on layout of the build, and both retro style and retro approach to taking pictures thanks to physical aperture dials on the XF lenses. That £799 body-only price point might seem like a lot of money, because it is, but there’s a physical quality here that can be seen from a mile away.”

– The trio, X-E2 + X-PRO1 + X100S at draigphotography here:With my happy trio above I have so many options. Yet all contain that gorgeous beating heart of the 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor. I have choices for carry, aperture, ND filter, leaf shutter, fill-flash, optical and EVF, all choices that I can make for shooting and which I would most need, yet I am assured the file output is consistent, that’s my kind of choices.”

– Low light photography with the X-E2 at flixelpix here: “I ventured out with the Fujifilm X-E2, 23mm and 14mm lenses. Read my review of the Fuji X-E2. Shooting at night is a different type of long exposure photography where you need to have the shutter open long enough for the landscape that is in total darkness to impact on the sensor.” For his article Ideal Landscape Photography Kit click here: “You will probably already know that even since I purchased my first X100 in 2011 I am completely smitten by the Fujifilm X range of cameras.  The X-Trans sensor is amazing and to be honest all of the Fujifilm X Series cameras are ideal for landscape photography.”

– First Night of Training for the X-E2 at draigphotography here: “The X-E2, on it’s first project outing in hideous lighting conditions, performed like a champ. The size is not a concern (as pondered after X Pro1 use for so long) but the grip is a welcome addition, at least for me. The controls fall to finger naturally and everything feels that little bit tighter in operation. The X Pro1 is still an amazing camera (as is the X100s) so there really is no wrong choice. But Fuji have definitely honed/polished and improved upon many things to produce the X-E2.”

The Times, They are a Changin’ at draigphotography here: “The Fuji X system is superb in it’s ergonomics and imaging quality, it’s small, light and quiet and now the XE2 has WiFi built inside the possibilities are there to be taken advantage of by the professional on location.”

Fuji X-E2 W/ XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS Lens | PART 2 at leighmiller here: “The X-E2 was also nice to use…just like the X-E1. The AF was faster and there was less hunting. The button layout refinements are a nice touch as well. I never paid too much attention to the ISO setting except to ensure it was high enough for a fast shutter speed as required.”

Fujifilm X-E2 Review and Real-World Write-Up at photomadd here:I think it would be hard for anyone to really complain about the auto-focus system in the X-E2.  It is a big improvement on the previous generation of X-Mount cameras when shooting real-world photographs.  In that regard Fujifilm should be congratulated for getting their act together.  If the past couple of years are anything to go by I can only see things getting better on this front too as Fujifilm seem keen to improve existing models rather than just releasing a replacement every few months.”

– review at amateurphotographer here: “Once familiar with the ins and outs of the X-E2’s operation, the solid build quality, superb handling and excellent button placement add up to offer one of the best user experiences there is. Most importantly, there’s no compromise in image quality, with the standard of results and detail rendered making it an excellent substitute for a more unwieldy APS-C-format DSLR. The X-E2 is, to put it simply, a stunning camera that’s up there as one of the most attractive on the market and is an absolute pleasure to use.”

Fujifilm X-E2 Review: Further Refining The X-E Design at findingrange here: “The Fuji X-E2 brings its user back to the basics of photography, which is why I love the X Series so much. It thoroughly involves the person in the photographic process, which is also what makes this camera so plain out fun to use.  It makes you want to go out and shoot.  It makes you want to learn more.” For some BW shots with the 12mm Touit here.

Fuji X-E2, RRS and Kirk compatible grip and L plate ~ mini review at prophotonut here: “I have just been trialling the new grip, base plate and L bracket for the Fuji X-E2 supplied in the UK by Photo Madd. The grip is a great improvement on the X-E1 model widely available on Ebay. Here are my findings.”

– Long Exposure with the Fuji X-E2 at mingart here: “Using a +10 stop B+W filter and a tripod for capturing some long exposure images with the Fuji X-E2. The zoom lens 18-55mm been perfect because of the terrain. Straight out of the camera (black&white yellow filter), increasing the shadows and highlights. LR 4.4 adding more contrast and sharpness.”

Introduction to the Fujifilm X-E2 by X-Photographer Kale Friesen on youtube here.

– Fuji X-E2 Manual Focus at stanleyleary here: “This is the setup I am using to demonstrate the manual focus of the Fuji X-E2.”

– first impressions in French at k-pture here (translation).

X100S
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– Boban James “Hi Patrick. Been a long time follower of your blog and that was one of the reasons why I picked up a Fuji X100S. I’m a portait and lifestyle photographer based out of Hyderabad, India and took the Fuji across three Indian cities. I’ve put up a blog documenting my experiences at: I believe this is the first review from India and I thought it would be of interest to your readers.  Cheers and look forward to interesting announcements on your blog.” Check it out here.

– Justin Balog: “Howdy Patrick! I thought you might enjoy this project we did with the Fuji x100s and a season of Bronco Fans. We’d love it if you shared it with your readers.” Check it here.

– Rainy Date (with the Fuji X-Pro1 and X100S) at olafphotoblog here: “If you live in Vancouver, you have to embrace rain as part of daily life. In fact, the winter months are usually associated with non-stop rain, sometimes for weeks. Such generosity in terms of wet weather could be viewed as a nightmare for a photographer … or it could be a great opportunity to challenge your photographic vision.” For his beautiful images in the post Westminster Abbey with the Fuji X100S & X-Pro1 click here.

– Duncan Martin: “Hi. I’ve been using the Olympus E-M5 for a while and quite recently bought a X100S to use alongside it. I’ve written a series of blog posts comparing the two cameras, which your readers might find interesting.” Check it out here at duncanmartin.

MY 2013 | REVIEW at vopoku here: “The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and X100s became my tools of choice and I discovered the work of some brilliant photographers. Here is a selection of some of my favourite images from last year.”

– “My new camera! It is here. After not many days at all of waiting (but after a great deal of deliberation about wants vs. needs, eating vs. starving and so on) I ordered a Fujifilm X100s . Ken Rockwell, that master of hyperbole and audience-directed sabre-rattling (seriously, the guy can’t write three lines without flashing his cutlass), called it the world’s best digital camera. While that’s almost certainly not true, it’s a hell of a machine.” Read more at thepalinode here.

– Behind the Photograph – One evening on the rocks with the Fujifilm X100s at mirrorlessons here: “I had the Fuji X100s with me so I knew that I would have to get in close to capture what I wanted. I headed to the rocks, while sometimes stopping to see if there was already a good composition or if I needed to go further.”

Fujifilm x100s Review – Testing Never Really Ends at jekuarce here: “As many other photographers who have reviewed the x100s have said, this camera isn’t for everyone. There isn’t a zoom feature, it doesn’t go wider than 23mm (I feel that a 14mm would be a better street focal length for me), but it does just about everything I need it to do with my style of shooting.”

–  The Experiment – The Fujifilm X100S at canadianloon here: “I had this thing hanging around my neck for over 7 hours and tucked into my coat and I never felt it at all.   And this was with the stock strap!    I can hold this thing all day and not hating it.  When I needed the camera is was right there.   This means I might actually have a camera with me when an opportunity presents itself!”

– X100S review at thephotofrontier here: “This is my GO-TO camera for storytelling and documentary work. Because of its size and stature, my subjects rarely notice it. And because of its cool look, if they do notice it, they are excited to have their photo taken with it. I can turn on the flash, engage the ND filter and put it real close to their face. People just love this camera!”

Act a Fuji: Four Months With The X100S at petapixel here: “The X100S is the go to camera you want to take when you travel. Leave the DSLR’s at home. Enjoy your actual vacation by not having to dig around in your camera bag deciding which body and lens to use. As some would say, “keep it simple, stupid!”

Istanbul City Stories : most bizarre real life Fuji X100S video review at pavels here: “The Fuji X100S which is an absolute beast and I’ve finally put it where it shines the most: in the streets.I have never seen such a mix of a streetphoto and video and for me, this is the review I want to see. The real life one. This camera is awesome tool, but I’m pretty sure we all know that by this time.”

My new toy at gaborimages here: “I surprised myself with a Fuji X100s before christmas. Like probably many of you I was thinking long enough whether to get the camera or a 23mm f1.4 lens for my X-Pro, it wasn’t an easy decision, but I’m happy with the outcome.

– “A week and a half ago, my wife’s grandmother passed away. They were very close, as she was and is to all of her grandparents. As her grandfather had already passed, the house now stands empty. Well, that’s not entirely true. Though the physical presence of her grandparents are gone, the memories and the reminders of love still fill the home.” See mwaltonstudio ‘s photographs here.

Rainy Day Photography – Why shooting on a bad day can be good training at mirrorlessons here: “I think that rain or very cloudy days (if we want to talk about light) is always the ideal time for a training session. The reason is simple: you have to force your eye to look for less obvious things. You train yourself to look for details. You avoid classic wide-angle scenes that might have looked interesting bathed in an interesting light, but are clearly banal without.”

X-E1
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– The Big Fuji JPG Experiment in Mexico at thephotofrontier here: “In short, I loved how light weight and discrete the Fuji system is and at the same time delivering great IQ and image quality.” For another article Fuji Xing The Landscape click here:We landscape photographers have a bad habit of carrying around all this really cool gear to remote locations, only to return with stunning images of the landscape we visited. I’m always reminding myself, that the adventure is more than just the destination. We have some great tools along with us, so let’s us them to help tell the story of our adventure. Stop and smell the roses…errrr…take the snapshot. Here are a few snapshots from our landscape photography adventure. Again, all via the Fuji X system. ”

– wedding photography with the X-E1 at martincastein here: “Let me state that my second shooter Katie uses the Fuji X-E1 for wedding photography and these pictures are therefore shot by her and not me. All pictures were shot on the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55 zoom only, all files were edited from RAW. All editing is lightroom only.”

– January 11th, 201, Fuji XE1 40mm, The Ricoh Shooters Dream Part 1 at streetshooter here: “I handed Joe my Fuji XE1 with the 27mm on it. It’s dark man, I mean real dark. Joe made the above photo with my camera. He fell in love very quickly when he saw this shot on the screen. Of course I am in the process of putting together a deal for him on the XE2 and 4 or so lenses. Mary, his wife called me this morning and was very happy. She said that Joe seemed to have found a new love.” For his article Fuji XP1 Works the Streets of Philadelphia click here.

Testing Fuji X-E1 | Part One at bloglovin here: “I was so impressed by this camera that I have decided to test it for portrait work tomorrow – a little battle between Canon and Fuji…sounds like fun right.”

At last …Fuji X-E1 and motor roaming the first trip of the year at simonpeckham here: “Yeah… It seems and age since being out for the weekend in the camper so it was lovely to get away this last weekend, the forecast was sunny but cold, perfect for a trip to the sea side of Southend on Sea and a town not yet visited or had the pleasure of photographing. Sticking with my year or “on camera one lens” I was spending time with the X-e1 and 35mm f/1.4.”

– “I’ve never done a photo shoot with a newborn baby before, so this was an entirely new experience for me!” Read and see more at adrielhenderson here.

The Mirrorless Post at davidduchemin here: “I’m convinced. After a week in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and a safari in Kenya, I’m ready to leave my heavy pro DSLR gear at home more often. I went to Ethiopia with a Fuji XE-1 and a Leica M (240), both with a small kit of lenses (18-55 and 55-200 for the Fuji, and 21mm, 50mm, and 75mm for the Leica), and went mirror-less all week.”

Bloody Bridge with the Fuji X-E1 and the 14mm at martinspencephotography here.

Fashion shoot with the Fujifilm X-E1 at rommenphotography here.

 X-PRO1
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– An Interview with Portrait & Fashion Photographer (and X-PRO1 aficionado) Dave Kai Piper at slrlounge here… read it and enjoy Dave’s stunning images!

– Jack Tiong: “Hi Patrick, congratulation on your amazing website. I have benefited a lot from fujirumours. I have made a review on the latest fuji hand grip for X-pro 1 (product images and price). It’s be good if you could share it for people who is interested. Thanks and have a nice day.” Check it here.

– Marcial Rodriguez Izaguirre  “Dear Patrick, First, I’d like to congratulate you for the web and encourage you to keep up this amazing job. I’m an owner of X-pro 1 and the prime 18mm. and 35mm. lenses. In my last trip to Japan I bought a X-E1 for a workmate of mine. It was a great deal since the X-E2 was the new camera for the X series at that time and because of the devaluation of Yen in the currency markets. I bought it together with the 18-55mm. so I had the chance to try for the first time both the X-E1 and a X series’ zoom lens. You can take a look to the pictures I took with the first light of the day after a sleepless night in Fukuoka due to ‘jet lag’ here. Although I was quite tired and sleepy, I enjoyed the morning with the X-E1 because of its ease of use and the versatility of the zoom. I didn’t expect such a great performance from a zoom lens. The only weak point, of course, was the limited luminosity of the zoom if I compare it with my prime lenses. I wouldn’t change my X-Pro for a X-E1 neither my primes for a zoom. I know now is time for the X-T1 and more to come but my point is that today I would strongly recommend the X-E1 to anyone with a limited budget wanting to enter the X series. With the firmware updates its performance is great and, after the release of X-E2, it can be possible to find very interesting deals out there. Thanks a lot!”

Winter, cold, snow – who needs the weather sealed X-T1? Fujifilm X-Pro1 in cold weather at lakeviewman here: “Anyway – who says I have to wait? Today it was minus 18 degrees celcius, snow and wind – and my Fujifilm X-pro1 with the XF14mm f/2.8 and XF 35mm f/1.4 performed flawlessly!”

– Up in the sky with the x-trans!… beautiful shots by Mehrdad at qimago here. To read about his journey from Canon to Fuji click here (translated version).

Fuji x Pro, Amsterdam loves you! at suberashi here: “I love Amsterdam thats a fairly well know fact. Great walkable, creative diverse and beautiful place and the perfect spot to test out the Fuji X Pro that I have invested money research and trust into.”

Shooting Infrared – X-Pro1 at f-sunny here: “IR exposures can be long – there’s not much illumination getting through even, on a sunny day! Here are some initial test shots.”

Highs and Lows of Using Fuji X-Pro Camera at jeffsinclairphotography here: “I love the X-Pro but use it less and less and use the Canon 6/5DM3 more and more for a variety of reasons but focus issues are paramount. To be fair, I have sold off all the heavy Canon zooms and only use smaller and lighter prime lenses but even so they are still heavier than the Fuji lenses but superior auto focus, controls and general ergonomics of the Canon cameras make the trade off worth while, at least to me.”

– X-PRO1 at fiftyfootshadows here: “This brings me to Fujifilm, their X series of cameras, and the body I have chosen to be my new day to day digital shooter, the X-Pro1. They have clearly been designed with film shooters in mind. Fuji’s engineers have a firm commitment to helping bring the joys of their old emulsions to life with the technology they have created to eventually replace it.”

–  Winter in the derbyshire dales at thebigpicturegallery here: “All images taken on a Fuji X pro 1 using 14mm 55-200mm and a few nd grads and a 10 stop filter.”

Fujifilm X-Pro1 : Thaipusam Festival At Kota Kinabalu at shukurjahar here: “Since this was my first time covering Thaipusam Festival, I have no idea how and what to expect. These are some images I took this morning with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4.”

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Shoots Landscape: Kota Belud – A Hidden Treasure For Landscape Photographer at shukurjahar here.

Fujifilm Xpro-1 : Thaipusam 2014 at lucpher here: “I decide to bring my Fujifilm Xpro-1 with a 35mm 1.4, lightweight, fast lens and extremely capable at high ISO settings. The Xpro-1 being small and light, allows me to hand hold the camera over head and under the devotees for a different angle for many of the shots shown below. A heavier camera would have tire me out faster.”

Scranton Lace in B&W at karenjohnsonphotography here: “They were all taken with my wonderful Fuji X-Pro 1 and what I love about the Fuji camera is the ability to see through the viewfinder in black & white.  It is really easy for me to compose when I am looking at a black & white image.  I can really see the light and shadows which I am always working with when I photograph an abandoned building.”

–  Fuji X-Pro 1 with the Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar vs. the Zeiss / Contax 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar at gambofoto here: “With these two Voigtlander lenses I now have equivalent FOV’s of 75mm and 112mm respectfully.** Actually both lenses were the LTM mount (screw), so a simple adapter ring is required to convert them to M mount.”

– Sunshine At The Lake at fiftyfootshadows here: “I decided to push the x-pro1 and see what it could take as I shot into the sunlight. Even when a highlight is totally blown out it handles the light surprisingly well.”

– Modelflesh at suberashi here: “Was invited to spend some time in a studio last week too see how the Fuji X-Pro handled the workload. It was a chance to show the Fuji up against a Nikon D800 which the owner is thinking of changing to a Fuji. And a chance to see if this bad boy can step up to the haters.”

New images, location lighting and stuff at timokoponen here: “There’s a mix of flash, fading sunlight outdoors and tungsten lights inside the house, creating a bit of “dirty” light. Shot with x-pro1 and Voigtländer 35mm nokton (wide open).”

– Interview with Luca Bracali at the fujifilmblog here: “Luca travels with such frequency that he’s away from home at least once a month, and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 has found a place in his camera bag. In fact, it was his nomadic lifestyle which first attracted the photographer to the Fujifilm X-Pro series of cameras. “With the new airline regulations you cannot travel carrying so many kilos,” he said, “but I still needed quality.”

Chasing Fog at byjansen here: “I love the look of mist, it’s so peaceful and freezes frames even more. It silences sounds, narrows visibility. Best of days are the ones where I wander through the mist on my own, just me and the silence. Chasing fog..”

– Portraits from Trinidad Cuba at handcarryonly here.

– xPro-1 vs Yellow Stone Cave at thehumancamera here: “If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you’ll noticed that I have started using the Fujifilm xPro-1 a lot more frequently than before. Even though I’ve owned the camera for over 7 months now… it wasn’t until the past 3 months that it has become my camera of choice. A worthy replacement for my Canon 5D MkII.”

Leica M9 vs Fuji X Pro1 | New York’s Chinatown at thetravelphotographer here: “Juggling a Leica M9 and a Fuji X Pro1 during my few hours yesterday in New York City’s Chinatown during the celebrations and parades for the Year of the Horse,  resulted in having two virtually identical versions of the same scene, as the one above.”

Camera Review: Fuji X-Pro1 X Mount Compact System Camera at ssvphotography here: “The Fujifilm X Pro-1 is pleasure to use. It gives a lightweight, yet high quality photo alternative to a heavy DSLR yet gives little to one in terms of picture quality. Menu and operation quirks aside, the camera has a great sensor and together with the excellent lenses, produces great out of the camera JPG’s with little editing required. I love using it. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!

London Street Photography & The Fuji X-Pro1 at robgrimesphotography here: “Overall I’m still learning the camera and looking forward to using the X-Pro 1 when i fly to Vegas at the beginning of March and for some more street photography throughout the year, but so far, I’m very happy with the Fuji X-Pro1.”

Old Meets New – X-Pro1 + Nikkor 105mm at nathanelson here: “As for shooting this combo, I gotta say that although the image quality is great, the process was actually kind of painful, mostly due to the slow write speeds to the card. The X-Pro1 would not allow me to use the zoom in the EVF to make sure I was properly focused until it was finished writing the previously taken image to the card, which meant the model had to hold poses for much longer than normal while I waited for the camera to cooperate. Kind of kills the flow of things.

X-A1
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– The Polish site optyczne tested the X-A1 here (translation)

X-M1
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– X-M1 first impressions at soundimageplus here: “It’s a sweet little thing and I have no idea whether I’ll keep it, but I don’t seem to be having much success is finding new homes for my Fuji gear.” For his article Fuji X-M1 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens – Owner assessment – Part 1 click here: “In some ways this camera + lens could be seen as the best point and shoot compact camera without a viewfinder ever released. For the simple reason that you can shoot with it virtually anywhere. The combination of the incredible high ISO performance and remarkable effectiveness of the Fuji OIS system makes it pretty much unique in this class of camera. Nothing m4/3 and NEX (sorry Alpha) have comes close to this.” Part2 and the following are online too.

 XQ1
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 – Review at steves-digicams here: “The pocketable XQ1 packs a lot of speed, customizable controls, and power into a small package. Fast phase detection AF, high-speed burst modes, and solid low light performance help you get great shots under most conditions. If the clumsy zooming of the control ring and modest 4X zoom don’t deter you, the XQ1 will likely fulfill your high expectations.”

X100
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 – Flashing people with Fujifilm X100 at pavels.cz here: “I haven’t found an article about it’s usage with strobes and flashes for a commercial portraiture. That sort of slap on the back with “hey man, you can do a real assignments with this cheap compact camera and you will be just fine” article, which we photographers do like so much..You know what I’m talking about, right?:)”

– Phil Brown send me via FR-twitter some of his shot taken with the X100. He said: that “the X100 might be dated, but still a great camera, I took it to Africa this month“. See his flickr set here and here.

-Traveling with Fuji x100 in Big Sur at Michaels 500px here: “I can’t stress this enough, x100 is so small and light compared to D700 + 24-40 (16-35) it made everything easier. Taking it to café’s, bars, restaurants is unassuming. Carrying it all day with a strap, or even holding it or stuffing it in a fleece pocket is easy.”

Reasons for GR –> X100 move at jonnenaarala here: “My beloved Fujifilm X100 arrived to today. It was a nice moment to open the package. Great reunion. I got a fantastic Leicatime half-case for it too and they say that this case is the Bentley of the half-cases. It surely feels great and is top-quality. But more of the Leicatime case later. Now I want to share my reasons to switch from Ricoh GR to Fuji X100.”

colinnichollsphotography X100 review here: “This camera is capable of incredible images, but like all good tools you need to master it, it won’t help you take better pictures but due to it’s size, form and specs it may just make you.”

– Retrospective: My X100 at srphotoblog here: “It might not be the fastest camera to focus but in terms of usability and having an amazing camera that fits in my pocket, I could not ask for more.

XF 23mm
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 – Will: “Hello, I use the Fuji 23mm f1.4 to photograph all our products because it renders beautifully and it just looks great and I do very little post since Fuji’s JPEG engine gets so much right in camera. We have access to every camera from m43 to full frame yet I choose the Fuji X series because of the amazing quality in a small package and most importantly, I actually enjoy using Fuji’s cameras. Here’s one I took a few days ago (shot 1 / shot 2). You can see the rest here on facebook.”

Red Rock Canyon and the Fujinon XF 23mm at stephenip here: “Well, after spending the weekend with the XF 23mm, I must say that everything I’ve read about it is true. Optically, it really is a great lens. From my completely unscientific testing, sharpness, resolution, etc all appear to be excellent.”

– X-E1 with 23mm “new gallery – one day in powridise” at francoismarclay here.

– – first impressions in French at k-pture here (translation).

lenses

Using Fuji X Lenses vs Canon Full Frame Lenses at andrewvanbeek here: “Without even touching the merits of different sized sensors or even the size, weight and cost of the respective lenses, this mini-comparison is designed to simply compare how using different equivalent focal lengths on different systems affects the images themselves (because that’s what really matters!). Since I don’t have many camera systems available to me, this comparison will compare my Canon lenses on full frame with my Fuji X-E2 with its APS-C (1.5x) cropped sensor.”

– Dirk: “Hello Patrick, thanx a lot for your work. The last days with X-T1 were great. Your work motivated me to finish my Fujifilm X lens overview.” Check it out here.

– Fuji Lens Tests | 14mm, 23mm & 55-200mm lens samples + review at colinnichollsphotography here:They let me shoot with my own card so I’ve got the images here which is great for a little review and a few lens samples, all photos here are shot on the Fuji XE2 which I haven’t tried before but have been temped by so I’ll start the review with a bit about that, enjoy!”

fujivsfuji next episode is the X100S vs the XF 27mm here: “As mentioned, the building doesn’t look too bad from the X100S at ƒ/2, but have a look at the antennae to the left of it. The sharpness gained by stopping down to ƒ/2.8 across the frame astounding. Equally astounding is that the 27mm ƒ/2.8 is holding nearly as much detail wide open at ƒ/2.8. I’m really quite impressed with how sharp this FUJINON XF 27mm ƒ/2.8 is.”

Review of the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 at danbaileyphoto here: “By every measure, the Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 is a first rate, wide angle prime that will give you excellent, professional quality imagery. Buying this lens is making a serious investment in your photography, not just because of how the images look, but because it’s a lens that you can easily fall in love with for shooting just about everything. It’s been one of my favorite pieces of gear for months now and I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it.”

– 18-55 review at pixelogist here: “When I started out this review, I was excited and impressed. Now, after all the tests and examinations – build, focusing, handling, image quality, and all that – I’m even more impressed and a lot more excited. I bet you are too“. For his 35mm review click here: “Like I said before, one of the reasons the X-series is such a good choice if you’re going mirrorless is the awesome selection of lenses. The great (and growing) set of zooms, the already-fantastic selection of primes, and the planned future for the line in terms of lenses, makes this THE most exciting brand of compact system camera you can find on today’s market. That’s what I think, at least. And it’s not just about Fuji releasing all these lenses – it’s about how good they are. They’re just amazingly high-quality pieces of glass that are mechanically and optically brilliant. And the XF 35mm is no exception.”

Touit 32 vs Fuji 35 at admiringlight here: “I personally would give the edge to the Fuji 35mm, as I find the better larger aperture bokeh and superior stopped down edge and corner resolution to fit my style of shooting much better.  However, if you’re someone who shoots in limited light situations and needs sharpness across the frame at wide apertures, then the Zeiss may be the clear-cut winner.” For the 32mm review click here: “Zeiss have created a lens that is very sharp right from f/1.8 and produces images with saturated color and high contrast.  On the down side, the Touit 32mm surprisingly doesn’t ever reach outstanding territory on the image edges with regards to sharpness, and suffers from somewhat nervous bokeh at f/1.8.”

– “Beauty and the beast. The Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 encapsulates everything that is good and bad about the Fuji X-Pro1 system. The lens is a solidly constructed, masterful piece of optics, so well corrected that it doesn’t rely on computing power to eliminate distortion.” Read more at themachineplanet here.

Heavy Cream: In search of Bokeh with the 18-55 at markschuelerphoto here: “Ulti­mately, I found that the 18–55 gen­er­ally serves more of my needs more of the time than can the 60mm macro, and there­fore it found a place in my every­day kit.”

– Fuji XP1 & 18mm on Philly Streets at streetshooter here: “Anyway, the XP1 is a great camera but it really works with the 18mm. True nuff, the 18mm is the weakest link in the Fuji lineup but then the other lenses don’t offer that great FOV. It’s a catch 22 but luckily I’m not a real pixel-peeper. I am just a serious shooter but, that being said…when I have the cash, if ever, I’ll get the 23mm which converted to 35mm would be my natural FOV.” For his article –  My Fuji XP1, Named Andre’ Loves The 18mm click here: ”

– Fujifilm X-series Telephoto Tests at sublimephoto here:This gallery has images shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 body and mainly the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS zoom. Only frames 1, 2, 5, and 11 were shot with the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8R OIS zoom. ”

photozone Zeiss Touit 32mm review here: “The images are sharp straight from the max. aperture and the center quality is even stunning when stopping down. The peak quality of the borders/corners is certainly good but it stays somewhat short of the high expectations here. Lateral CAs may be just visible without being disturbing. Distortions and vignetting are usually auto-corrected either by the camera or your favorite RAW converter. However, when looking behind the scenes, you can spot higher than expected issues here – which is a bit disappointing for a pricey Zeiss lens.”

Winter in Belgium… or some of it – Fuji 18-55 mm, 35 mm and ND filter at regislessent here.

– Dave Dillon: “Hi there, My name is Dave Dillon you featured one of my reviews of the Rokinon 14mm for Fuji X-Mount in one of your recent blog entries. I just wanted you to know I just posted a new review of the SLR Magic Hyperprime 23mm F1.7 lens for Fuji X Mount. you can see this review here.”

RAW-conversion

Processing Fujifilm x-trans raw files in Aperture at thomasfitzgeraldphotography here: “Overall, Aperture does a good job with X-Trans files in my opinion. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Iridient Developer, which of all the raw converters that I’ve tried, still gives the most natural and clean looking files. (I’m still testing Photo Ninja by the way). Aperture is a close second, or third mind you. I’ve spent the last few weeks playing around with settings to see just how close I can get it, and while I still can’t match the clean and sharp output of Iridient Developer, I can get it pretty near.” For his artlce Photo Ninja for X-Trans Processing click here:If it sounds like I’m being overly negative towards Photo Ninja, I don’t mean to be. Technically, apart form the highlights Issue, there’s nothing wrong with it as such. It has some really nice and powerful features, and the way you can use it as a plug-in is great. Personally, I just prefer the rendering from Iridient Developer, and that is a personal choice rather than anything fundamentally wrong with the software.

– The best Raw Converter for X-Trans files? gaetanobelverde has the answer here (translation): “In my opinion Photoninja returns details more real and seems to control better the watercolor effect.” He also compared Capture One 7 with Photo Ninja. Which is better? Read it here (translation).

Fuji X-Trans RAW File Post Processing – ACR/Photoshop at f-sunny here: “This video walks you through the import of the RAW file, and processing using the controls in ACR to get a clean, sharp, well exposed image file in Photoshop/LightRoom.”

My Workflow for X-Trans RAW Processing at vkphotoblog here: “There are much better raw converters on the market, but Lightroom is still, arguably, the best digital asset management system. I was asking myself, how can I combine the power of LR asset management with the best demosaicing algorithms? After spending hours of testing of various configurations I finally came up with the workflow that works well for me and my x-trans raw files. I am using it for 4 months now and feel comfortable to share with you.”

a little bit of everything

The Fuji X Series With Flash :: Part 2 at derekclarkphotography here: “Obviously if you are doing off camera flash without the use of a stand or tripod, you have to be careful of camera shake as you’ll be holding the camera with one hand. Thankfully X cameras are great for hand holding due to their size, weight and the lack of a mirror popping up and down.”

– Thorough analysis of FUJIFILM’s Film Simulation Modes at fujivsfuji here: “In this article I’ll post images of each of Fuji’s Film Simulation Modes along with histograms so we can see what’s happening with our eyes and on a slightly more technical level. I fully acknowledge this comparison has been done to death, but I find most cram a bunch of little thumbnails together and don’t really give you a sense of what’s being done in camera.

Help me decide .. X-Pro1 or X-E2 .. X-E2 or X100S? at photomadd here: “I’m in the process of writing up my X-E2 review right now, but thought I’d share this part of it with you now as it’s a question I’m seeing pop up quite often.”

Fuji X Series – What’s Not To Like at rwboyer here: “I am not at all trying to tell anyone not to by into the Fuji X system. I love it. I am glad it exists. I may jump back in sooner rather than later. What I am advocating is that you take a good hard look on a level playing field and make the right choices for you and what you actually do. Not someday. Right now. If something is bothering you about a system you are already in figure out what it is really. If you have a bunch of really giant zooms you don’t have to switch systems to fix that issue for sure.”

Recommended kits, shameless affiliate links, and a chance to try the 56 ƒ/1.2 and 10-24 ƒ/4! at fujivsfuji here: “If you’re thinking of building a Fuji system with prime lenses today, here is what I recommend you get. My recommendations are intended to “future-proof” your system where possible, so some kits include forthcoming lenses that I presume to be of a certain level quality, until I have a chance to test them.”

Going Long With Fuji at fujishooter here: “I tossed the Fuji X-E2 and 14mm f2.8 in my bag with a Canon intervalometer, a couple step up rings and the B&W filters I had leftover from my old Canon L lenses. Even in the diminutive Mirrorless Mover 30i I had a lot more room available. I always get impatient waiting on long exposure shots so I figured between the X-Pro1 with XF 55-200 and X100s I’d be able to keep myself entertained while the X-E2 was chewing away making its long drawn out looks at what I hoped would be a magical sunset.”

soundimageplus blog post about the latest firmware update here: “And while the Sony FE system files are larger, sharper and have better dynamic range, the irresistible (to me anyway) combination of old-school design, light small bodies and lenses with beautiful balance, looks and handling is something that, if I was was sensible, would have mostly found it’s way to ebay by now. However, I don’t seem to have got round to that yet. I’ll do it next week (or the next, or the next…..) seems to be the way this is going. And of course there are always those firmware updates. I’ll just try this one and then sell the camera, seems to be the way that’s going. I just love these things and despite all my trials and tribulations my attempts to become an ex-Fuji fanboy seem to be failing miserably.” In another post here (Fuji X – Style AND content? The enduring appeal of my favourite camera system) he says: “much as I admire the Sony A7 and A7r cameras, I love my Fuji X bodies.”

Shooting tethered… …with a Fujifilm X-cameras. Sort of… at doncraigphoto here: “It is a bit complicated, but it is a WiFi tethered workflow that works. You get large preview on the iPad sent wirelessly from the camera, where you can rate your selections and modify metadata. And, then, you can apply those metadata changes to the RAW files in Lightroom.”

– Jason: “Hi, First of all, thank you for the fujirumours site… even though you are going to cost me a fortune! I thought you may be interested in my latest blog post regarding my first few months with the x system. Please feel free to share! Thanks again.” Check it out here.

– Fuji X-Pro2 Wish List, X-E2 and Thoughts on the X-T1 at andrewnewson here: “Having now written a fair bit on how Fuji could improve these cameras, let’s not forget just how good they already are. I for one have loved using them over the past couple of years and hope they can go from strength to strength. I have taken some of my favourite images with the X-Pro1 and X-E2. This article has been quite wordy, so here are a few images taken with these cameras…”

EDITION 3: What X-Series Camera Should I Buy? Guest Post by Leigh Diprose at fujifilm.com.au here: “With Fujifilm releasing its flagship camera model, the X-T1 camera I thought it would be a good time to look at the break down of the X-Series range again. The common questions I have been hearing this month is, Leigh what’s the difference between the Fujifilm X-T1 and the X-E2 and which camera should I buy?”

Fuji X-Pro2 Wish List, X-E2 and Thoughts on the X-T1 at andrewnewson here: “I thought it was time to put down some more thoughts on the system now that Fuji have pushed forward again with some new cameras. These articles that I write from time to time are meant to be useful to people who are contemplating buying in to the X system or maybe looking for some tips.”

Back in the Fuji X fold OR Why the Olympus OMD didn’t end up winning my heart at clearingthevision here.

– Carlo Milani: “Hi Patrick, only to share with you my new website that I’ve just released. http://www.milani.info/en.  Here you can find some photographic stories. In particular, for these I’ve used my Fuji X gear. – http://www.milani.info/en/portfolio/you-are-from-mombello/http://www.milani.info/en/portfolio/pictures-of-cambridge/http://www.milani.info/en/portfolio/a-renaissance-reenactment/http://www.milani.info/en/portfolio/nostoi/ This week I’ve published a post about my switch after one year using X-Pro. It’s not a comparison between Canon full frame vs X-Trans, but the story of how, over time, I found that the Fuji was enough for me and I tried to bring out the best of my gear. – http://www.milani.info/en/the-great-switch-from-canon-full-frame-to-fuji-x-trans/ Thank you!

– Jorge Torralba: “Following on the success of Zeissimages.com, Jorge Torralba has just launched a new online gallery at www.FujiFilmImages.com dedicated to photos captured with Fuji Film cameras or lenses. With the innovative track record of Fuji and the overgrowing popularity of their new digital cameras, it was just a matter of time before the photo hosting gallery came on line. Custom written software with advanced search capabilities is the foundation for the new site. Photographers can query by exif data, follow their favorite photographers, befriend others in the community, create albums, customize their camera and lens inventory and even change the appearance of the site to suit their personal preferences. Please stop by and begin posting your photos online for free on what is sure to become a hot community for Fuji photographers!”

Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
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 – Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 is Vintage Inspiration for Modern Times at Petapixel here: “should I buy it? Well, yesnoyesyerrrr… maybe. Personally, the answer is yes. I will use this for wedding receptions. The late night, 1:00 AM stuff when people are lose and having fun. Heck, it’s the kind of thing that I could put in a guest’s hands — a non-photographer even, one of the bridesmaids — and let them burn through a box while I’m off doing something else.”

– “Howdy Patrick!  Justin here. We just put together a review of the Instax 90 that I think your readers would enjoy for a fun Mixed Zone. I also posted it on your FB page. Enjoy!” Read it here.

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  • alans

    Lots of interesting reading except for the chap who spends 30 minutes in a camera store with an XT-1;P

  • That’s a crazy amount of curated content, Patrick. Thanks for all the work you’re doing to find and share all these opinions on the X-system.

  • kalvin

    Wouah, a lot of very good things
    Thanks a lot Patrick for the hard work

  • Cees

    Yes the guy in the camera store gave me a bit of a ouch…

    But maybe someone out there with a X-T1 in his hands can give us a
    review of the autofocus.. ;)

  • Woah Pat, that’s a lot of content – thanks for including my 2013 Review and for all the hardwork, lots of stuff to check out over the weekend!
    V.

  • Plextor

    Holy c**p!! :-)

    Great covering of the latest news… Thanks for your help…
    Today went to the store to pre-order the x-t1 a,d 56/1.2 yeeey can’t wait…
    Still doubting over 23 or 35… 23 seems better for indoor shooting… and 55-200 or 55-230

  • Andrew

    I have a challenge for Fuji and the X-T1: http://goo.gl/GaEEbC

  • Thanks for including my article Patrick.

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